Multiple Perspectives on Body Image Research

Urgesi, C. (2015) Multiple Perspectives on Body Image Research. European Psychologist, 20 (1). pp. 1-5. DOI: 10.1027/1016-9040/a000223

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Representation of the body is a nuclear aspect of self-image. Body representation includes both subjective and intersubjective experiences. The importance of visual body representation in our social life is demonstrated by the time we spend to take care of our physical appearance, including use of plastic surgery, as well as by the severe mental disorders associated to its alteration, including eating disorders (EDs) and body dysmorphic disorders. In spite of these issues, (neuro)psychological research on body representation has so far mainly focused on the body as a motor device, devoted to the perception of and interaction with objects. The complexity of factors involved in the development, maintenance, and plasticity of body image representations requires an integrated approach that facilitates the evaluation and treatment of EDs with novel, evidence-based, and more efficacious protocols. This special issue of European Psychologist aims to advance such an integrative approach, with a collection of papers that gather different perspectives on the phenomenological, cognitive, (neuro)psychological, and cultural aspects of body representation disorders.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Psychology
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2015 02:39
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 02:46
ISSN: 1016-9040
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/4621
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1027/1016-9040/a000223
Publisher: American Psychological Association
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